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Cookies

Our website uses cookies, as almost all websites do, to help provide you with the best experience we can. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile phone and record specific interactions between you and this website, and in some cases, other websites.

This information is sometimes shared with the University of Cambridge, and in other cases, third parties. On this page you'll find more about the cookies we use, what they record and who the information is shared with.

Our cookies help us:

  • make our website work as you'd expect
  • remember your settings during and between visits
  • improve the speed/security of the site
  • allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook
  • continuously improve our website for you.

The Cookie Control widget pops up the first time you visit our site and allows you to specify which types of cookies you are happy to accept. You can also launch the widget from the link below or from the website footer.

There are certain necessary cookies that enable core functionality, such as caching and session tracking. The website cannot work properly without these cookies, which can only be disabled by changing your browser preferences. If you use this website you consent to these cookies. However the other cookie categories are optional:

Analytical cookies

Analytical cookies help us to improve our website by collecting and reporting information on its usage.

Functionality cookies

Functionality cookies enable tools such as live chat widgets and the ability to share our content on social media (or to see how many others have shared it).

Marketing cookies

Marketing cookies help us gauge the success of our marketing. In addition to limiting how often you see an ad, they also mean you see ads more relevant to you. They remember that you have visited our website, among others, and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers.

With the exception of necessary cookies, which are used for the duration of your session on our website, all cookies we set expire after 12 months. The cookie control widget will then reappear next time you visit our site and you will be asked for your consent again. You can however change your mind at any time.

Change your cookie preferences

Third party cookies that are set by someone other than us. For example if you view a YouTube video that's embedded on our site, YouTube may set a cookie on your browser, or if you share a link to our site via social media, that social media platform may set a cookie. We do not control these cookies so they are not affected by the cookie control widget; you have to use your browser settings to stop third party cookies being set.

Disabling cookies completely

You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies. Doing so however will likely limit the functionality of this website as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites. Below are links to sources of guidance on how to do this in popular browsers.

You may also find the Digital Advertising Alliance's tool for opting out of the collection of information for ad targeting useful.

Search cookies:   

Cookie Type Description
AddThis Third party We use AddThis to help you share and engage with our content through social media.
AddtoAny Third party We use AddtoAny to help you share and engage with our content through social media.
BlueKai [Oracle] Marketing BlueKai installs a tracker cookie on your device which collects data on your browsing habits on different websites using the tracker's unique ID number. We use this data to profile visitors to our website and define detailed market segments, for use in our marketing campaign strategy.
ClickDimensions Marketing We use ClickDimensions for some of our online forms and email marketing, and to analyse user journeys and behaviour.
Crazy Egg Analytical We use Crazy Egg to understand how people use specific pages on our website to help improve the experience we offer. This cookie tracks whether a visitor is new or returning.
Disqus Third party We use the Disqus commenting system on our pages to let you leave comments, and engage in discussions around the subjects on our site. The cookies set by Disqus enable login functionality.
DoubleClick [Google] Marketing We use Google DoubleClick to measure the effectiveness and performance of online marketing campaigns for our programmes.
Facebook Marketing Facebook cookies, web beacons and similar technologies may collect or receive information from your website and elsewhere on the Internet and use that information to provide measurement services and target ads.
Flashtalking Marketing Flashtalking cookies are used for reporting, tracking and attribution purposes.
Flickr [SmugMug] Third party We embed photo galleries using Flickr.
Formstack Third party We use Formstack for some of our online forms.
Google Adwords Marketing We may track your activity on our website through anonymous cookies, so that we can tailor relevant ads to you as you browse the web. Remarketing ads allow us to reach the people who have previously visited the site and match the right people with the right message. They are distributed through the Google Display network. To opt out of Google's use of cookies for ads visit Google's Ad Settings dashboard or the Network Advertising opt-out webpage.
Google Analytics Analytical We use Google Analytics to see how people use our website. This helps us improve it. The data we have is anonymised.
Hotjar Analytical We use Hotjar to measure interaction with our site, and with our online surveys and polls in particular.
Infogram Third party We embed interactive graphics using Infogram.
Issuu Third party We embed interactive PDFs using Issuu. This cookie does not identify you personally unless you are logged into Issuu.
LinkedIn Insight Marketing Enables LinkedIn to provide us with insights about our audience in order that we are better able to understand our website visitors and provide a better service to them.
New Relic Third party We use New Relic for software analytics and application performance management, to ensure our server and site delivery is optimised and to troubleshoot any problems.
Quantcast Marketing Quantcast gathers data regarding the visitors to our website using cookies and embedded code. We use this type of information to help improve the services we provide to our users. When you are shown an ad there is a small cross on the top right-hand side which allows you to block further exposure to Quantcast advertising.
SoundCloud Third party We embed podcasts using SoundCloud.
Twitter Third party We embed tweets using Twitter.
Twitter for Business Marketing Allows us to measure what happens after users see our ads on Twitter.
Vimeo Third party We embed videos using Vimeo.
YouTube [Google] Third party We embed videos using YouTube.
Zopim [Zendesk] Third party We use the Zopim chat widget.